Midcoast Conservancy to offer virtual vernal pool exploration

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 11:00am

While much is different this spring, the dependable calls of the wood frog and spring peeper have begun right on schedule.. Although in-person guided walks are not an option, Midcoast Conservancy invites participants to a virtual exploration of these remarkable ecosystems, the unique animals that live there, and simple techniques for exploring pools safely on one’s own. Using the Zoom link below, the exploration will happen live on Thursday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon

Of all the interesting ways to observe the advance of spring, vernal pools are one of the most fascinating. A vernal pool is a temporary woodland pond or small body of water, often overlooked, which plays a central role in the life cycle of many amphibians and turtles and the organisms that rely on them. They have important implications and impacts on local wildlife, outdoor recreation, and forestry operations.

Leading the walk will be Dr. Amanda Cross, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with 15 years’ experience studying and teaching vernal pool ecology across Maine. She lives close to several vernal pools in Harpswell, where she and her family enjoy catching frogs, counting egg masses, and mimicking amphibian calls.

To join the exploration, use Zoom link https://maine.zoom.us/j/99176531216?pwd=cnVKTUpYUG02WDM5Y0VJbHBjckZ0dz09, along with the access code 902113. Anyone with questions can email info@midcoastconservancy.org